At this time of year when we’re all looking for some special sweet treat to share in goodie bags or on holiday tables. So, I give you these creamy eggnog crumb bars. They combine two of the best things about the season into one awesome dessert. If you haven’t tried before, grate whole nutmeg for these rather than using the pre-grated stuff. It definitely enhances the flavor. Happy baking!

Creamy Eggnog Cookie Bars

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 35 minutes

Total Time: 50 minutes

Yield: 16 bars

Creamy Eggnog Cookie Bars

Ingredients

    For the dough:
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon grated nutmeg
  • 1/8 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 12 tablespoons cold unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
  • 6 tablespoons eggnog
  • For the filling:
  • 8 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 cup eggnog
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line 8 x 8-inch baking pan with foil or parchment paper.
  2. To make dough, combine flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, nutmeg and cinnamon in medium bowl and stir to blend. Add in butter and cut into dry ingredients using pastry cutter or two knives until mixture resembles coarse meal. Add in eggnog and stir with fork or knead very briefly just until crumbly dough comes together.
  3. Transfer two-thirds of dough mixture to prepared baking pan and press down into bottom of pan to form an even layer.
  4. To make filling, combine cream cheese and sugar in bowl of electric mixer. Beat on medium-high speed until smooth, light and fluffy. Blend in egg, then eggnog and vanilla until smooth. Pour mixture over layer of dough in baking pan. Crumble reserved dough over top of eggnog mixture.
  5. Bake, rotating pan halfway through baking, until just set, about 25 minutes. Let cool to room temperature on wire rack, then chill well before slicing and serving.

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